President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.
To listen to the Indian press — and some of the usual suspects at home — there was no way out. It was War Number four, they said (if you don’t count Kargil), for the same reason Wars one and two were fought.
The Narendra Modi government appears to have settled for demonstrative escalation as opposed to substantive (military) action against Pakistan. Much of what’s being discussed by way of punitive reprisals is déjà vu stuff; a repeat of the aftermath of the 2001 terror attack on Parliament.
India’s decision on Tuesday to pull out of the Saarc summit in Islamabad later this year is a reminder, yet again, of how relations between the two big states of South Asia have always held regional cooperation hostage.
“Every school child in India knows Russia is India’s best friend.” That was the essence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks when he first met the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the margins of the BRICS summit two years ago in Brazil. Although Modi was on his very first diplomatic assignment outside the Subcontinent, he had got the popular Indian sense of Russia just right.
Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative
The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra